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These upcoming ProRodeo Hall of Fame events are all open to the public. Reservations are required for some events. To be added to our mailing list call 719-528-4732. Additional information about each event will be added as they become available.

September 1, 2016 – Museum switches to winter hours. We will be closed Monday’s and Tuesday’s. Open Wednesday – Sunday 9am-5pm.

November 16, 2016 – “Embrace the Struggle” the art of Chris Navarro opens in the 101 Gallery

November 24, 2016 – Thanksgiving, MUSEUM CLOSED

November 28, 2016 – 9th Annual Wrangler Gold Buckle Gala at the South Point Hotel & Casino

December 9, 2016 – 30th Annual Spurs & Spikes Golf Tournament & Fundraiser

December 24 & 25, 2016 – Christmas Eve and Day, MUSEUM CLOSED

December 31, 2016 & January 1, 2017 – New Years Eve and Day, MUSEUM CLOSED

April 16, 2017 – Easter Sunday, MUSEUM CLOSED

July 4, 2017 – 4th of July, MUSEUM CLOSED

August 3, 2017 – 30th Annual ProRodeo Hall of Fame Golf Tournament & Fundraiser

August 4, 2017 – Annual Cowboy Ball

August 5, 2017 – Class of 2017 Induction Ceremony


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Neal Gay named ProRodeo Legend

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – ProRodeo Hall of Fame stock contractor Neal Gay has been namgay_nealed the 2016 ProRodeo Legend, and will be honored at the Ninth annual Wrangler Gold Buckle Gala Nov. 28 at the South Point Grand Ballroom in Las Vegas.

“It’s very nice to receive this honor; I’ve been in the business a long time,” Gay said. “I was surprised to receive the honor. I’m 90 years old, and I’m not as active as I once was. I started out riding broncs and bareback horses, and I also bulldogged and rode bulls for a very short while. What I enjoyed most, as far as rodeo was concerned, was after I got married and had children I got into the production business. It was a tough racket to make it, but I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. I have never been sorry that I got into the rodeo business. I always liked it, and my family liked it. It has been a blessing to me.”

The Gala, which benefits the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, begins at 6 p.m.

Neal Gay was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame as a stock contractor in 1993.

He returned from military service in 1946 and began rodeoing, mostly in saddle bronc riding.

He started raising roughstock about the time he founded the Mesquite (Texas) Rodeo in 1957, which became a phenomenon and an iconic rodeo that was broadcast to millions on cable TV.

Gay also is a member of the Texas Hall of Fame, and was the recipient of the Ben Johnson Memorial Award from the National Cowboy Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2009.

Neal’s sons followed his footsteps into the rodeo arena. Don, is an eight-time bull riding world champ and a ProRodeo Hall of Famer, Pete qualified for the National Finals Rodeo in 1972-73 and 1976 as a bull rider, and Jim found his niche in carrying on the family’s rodeo stock producing business.

“For an ol’ South Dallas kid who didn’t have $3 when he started, I wound up pretty good,” Neal said.


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